Stay Safe With IAFF Safety Tips This Halloween!

Who knows public safety better than the sisters and brothers of the International Association of Fire Fighters? No One! Make sure you, your family and friends are safe and spooky, so we can all enjoy our union-made Halloween candy 🙂

On top of the ghosts and ghouls, Halloween is the most dangerous night for fatal car accidents involving child pedestrians. The scariest thing about All Hallows Eve isn’t the costumes or the horror movies, it’s the fact that twice as many child pedestrians are killed on Halloween than any other night of the year. More than 70% of these accidents happen away from an intersection or crosswalk.

Follow these safety tips from the IAFF (and keep your trick-or-treating on the sidewalk!):

  • An adult should accompany children under 12
  • Remind solo-going tweens and teens to put away their phones and watch out for cars
  • Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas
  • Never enter a stranger’s home
  • Agree on a specific time to return home
  • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries to help see and be seen
  • Review pedestrian and traffic safety rules

When making or purchasing Halloween costumes, follow these safety precautions to ensure they remain safe:

  • All costumes, wigs, and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags for better nighttime visibility
  • Halloween makeup should be non-toxic
  • Non-toxic makeup or decorative hats are safer than masks, which can limit or block eyesight
  • Wear good-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls

After trick or treating:

  • Sort through your kid’s treats before they start eating to ensure all treats are safe
  • For younger kids, beware of specific goodies that can be choking hazards
  • Throw away any candy that is already opened or partially opened
  • Beware of allergies (nuts especially)